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About jb90

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  1. Order some custom made ones. Much better than all those "factory made" ones. I noticed that companies never complete their heads with appropriate wattage cabs. It's almost always that small cabs ex. 2x10 or 2x12 are 300-400w but heads are 500 and more. You must buy 4x10 or bigger to have headroom for amp wattage. It's strange. Thats why I order Handbox gear. https://www.facebook.com/HandBoxAudio/videos/1288382281171974/
  2. What do you think guys? Does bass cab with 2x12 without tweeter will be a good solution? 2 12'' can do the job without a tweeter ? (Eminence Beta 12A) Could you advice me some "boutique" high end stuff? I don't wanna another "factory" speaker. Thanks. 


    1. SpondonBassed


      Tweeters are not compulsory for bass cabs.

      Whether a 2x12 does "the job" though, depends on what the job is.  If there is a lot of slap you might think that a tweeter makes it sound better.  If you are providing a soft bed for soul music perhaps not.

      I don't have tweeters.  I feel they put me into guitarist territory and there's quite enough of that already thank you.

    2. Beer of the Bass

      Beer of the Bass

      I'm happy using my homebuilt cabs with Beta 12As and no tweeter.  They have quite a bright sounding upper mid response even if they don't go very high. 

    3. mcnach


      I have no tweeters anymore. I used to think that having extended frequency response was desirable because... you can always remove it if you don't want it, right? But I found that quite often the tweeter just added harshness too easily. The best one I had personal experience of was the Barefaced BigBaby 2 (single 12", but they make a 2x12 version too). The attenuation control worked very well and even full on was not harsh. So there are some cabs out there that work well. But in the end I found I just don't need to go that high. My main cabs roll off at 7 KHz and they have plenty top end that still doesn't get fizzy if I add overdrive.

      So, no, I don't think you need tweeters. Of course, some people love them so it depends on what you're after, but for what it's worth I am not into dark 'old school' sounds. I like versatility, mix fingerstyle/pick/slap and can go quite bright at times, and I can get all that without tweeters. 


  3. Wow! thanks guys for reply and many useful advices Well... I like my sound, but sometimes I wish to change my sounds during songs (most of the time I play 2 main sounds: round, bassy sound for "ballad" kind of things, and more bright and warm for slap/pick and more complex speed playing like rock bands in 80's). I noticed that some warm growl in the mids cuts through very well in many songs. It would be nice to get that from my gear. Also I think that compressor would be good to just set my volume on the same level when I play with fingers and slap. I don't know... I always think that effects should change your sound (chorus, distortion) or just improve it. Then it make sense. But I don't play "Paul Young stuff" or "heavy metal grind" to use it so often IYKWIM Sometimes some synth parts with "synth sounds" could sit better than clean bass guitar signal, but probably it would be better to play on synth bass then than on bass with some effects on. My philosophy is to provide the best sound for my bands/artists I play with. And everything that help me cut more in the mix, get better, even tone or appropriate tone quality is always welcome.
  4. jb90

    Show us your rig!

    This is a 3x12ax7 preamp and mosfet poweramp. Leszek from Handbox don't make class D amps (although he made one for tests for some Polish bass players - I checked it out and it was absolutely the best class D. And maby even better than many hybrid amps you can get on market like those SWR, Eden's from 90's etc. But of course I never be a fan of class D and never was. And Leszek don't wanna make class D too even if his class D really kickass. But he's not a class D fan at all and I can't "force" him to change his mind Probably in this sad times of class D mania he will earn more money on class D amps than on hybrids and alltubes but he is a real deal and he really cares about his gear and brand). This eq section is very simple. It's a James eq. Cut/Boost Bass and Treble. Contour just cut some freq @1k 0 to -12db - nice when you wanna make bass more "woolly" than "harsh". Here's the answer for your question (look at the pic). As you can see this amp has a lot of mids. Even on flat settings have some bump on mids from about 100-800hz. This is absolutelly not a "smile" eq amp. Of course you can get that with boost bas and treble but in flat and cut bass and treble there's A LOT of mids. Leszek knows that real cut through is in the mid freq and in quality of signa chain of whole amp. That's why he choose James eq than "standard" bass, mid, treble. I asked him once why there's no mid knob and he said that he has too much "unwanted things" in signal chain which makes this amp dull and he want to get the best sounding amp possible so he makes things different. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I really love this gear and as I said, in world of class D the real hybrid or alltube is a gold! It's great that there's a company that don't forget hybrid and alltubes.
  5. jb90

    Show us your rig!

    Ernie Ball Musicman StingRay 2005 maple neck, H, 3band eq, Handbox R400 amp and Handbox Compact Ferrite 2x12 cab. Strings Thomastik Infeld Jazz Flats. Absolutely great rig!
  6. Hi guys. I noticed that many bass players have in their pedalboard some preamps, compressors and whole bunch of effects. I almost never used any effects and I'm very curious one thing. Why I need stompbox preamp in pedalboard when I have onboard preamp in my bass and preamp in my amp? Does 3rd preamp in pedalboard is not too much "complication" in signal chain? For what is necessary this stompbox preamp? Is it really necessary? How to setup the sound when you have so much preamps in your signal chain? Same with compressors. I have one a couple years ago but it just stopped my articulation and dynamics and nothing more. And many bass players can't live without comp in their pedalboards. Again is it necessary to have one? How to know which pedals I need? I really want to have the best bass sound I can get but I don't know nothing about effects at all and dont know where to start and what is need in today music and live situation. Maby these question are stupid but I really want to understand the phenomenon of bass pedalboard and pedal preamps especiallly. Thanks.
  7. Hi guys. Do you know when results of Rotosound Competition will be available?

    1. ped


      Hi there I’ve been away but will sort it out this week :) Thanks

    2. jb90


      Ok. So we're waiting :) Thanks!

  8. Handbox all the way down. Not popular but absolutely the greatest. But if you really must choose from those three I would choose Aguilar D751.
  9. Just listen carefully. Almost whole chorus is based on open E, low D and low C.
  10. We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel Give Into Me by Michael Jackson Human by Human League 2geter by NPG Two Hearts by Phil Collins Gettin Away from It by Electronic Many Santana last 4-5 albums songs are with a lot of low notes Devil's Pie, Lady, Higher by D'Angelo Last album of Daft Punk - Random Access Memories - lot of low notes by Nathan East and James Genus. (Especially Nathan play a lot of low accents in his bass lines). Lot's of modern soul, R&B and Pop music have a lot of low notes too. It's hard to list. Maby because most of the songs don't need nothing below low E Well that's for sure. Those songs without those low rumble notes don't exist. But for me I don't like how those low notes interfere with a band. Most of the time it doesn't work and sound at all. But some songs sound good with notes below E. I know this from my personal experience that most of the songs sounds good in standard tuning. Just a couple of times maby MD's wanna low Eb or D in one or two songs but that's it. That's why I still don't have 5 sting bass. Just tune down when I need some lower notes. But that's just me And I played everything from punk, rock, blues, funk, reagge and everything between.
  11. My Handbox R400. Great hybrid power (3x12ax7 tubes on preamp, mosfet on poweramp, 400w, 10kg). Absolutely great. Only important things, easy James' eq, flat and full 20-20k response and beautiful clean sound which you can set to your own preferences. Just plug and play set flat and sounds like a dream. Definitely check it out! It's handmade in Poland, EU.
  12. Handbox Fortec412 http://www.handbox.pl/Fortec-412-p10.html
  13. Yes. Great gear indeed! I have their R400 and 2x12 cab and this is by far the best gear I ever had (and I had Ampeg, GK, Markbass, Taurus, Ashdown, Hartke, etc.). Still underapprediated company... It's a pity I must say...
  14. Depends on company. Ex. Handbox (handmade gear from Poland) have both combos and head+cab solutions on the same pro level. Check them out! I have their R400 head and 2x12 cab and this is by far the best gear I ever had. And I have almost anything from Ampeg, GK, Markbass, Ashdown, etc. http://www.handbox.pl/R-400-MINI-HEAD-p142.html http://www.handbox.pl/WB-100-ALL-TUBE-p150.html http://www.handbox.pl/Fortec-412-p10.html
  15. John Deacon of course I remember when I heard Liar bass solo when I was 6 or 7. Immediately knew that playing bass is what I wanna do in life :
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